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Thursday December 31 2015
  9:00PM doors -- music at 10:00PM ••• ALL AGES
$22 in advance / $25 at the door

Trails And Ways
Crashing Hotels
Dark Electric Dance Rock
Breakdown Valentine

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Trails And Ways
Hannah Ian Keith Emma
-from Oakland, CA

-Oakland, CA’s Trails and Ways is a band built on plurality. Their songs never shy away from personal and political heavy-lifting, while making some of the most compelling pop music we’ve heard in some time.

The four bandmates, (Hannah and Keith on guitar, Ian on drums, and Emma on bass) cast off from the co-op houses at UC Berkeley in the depths of the great recession. They headed to live as far afield as Ceará in Brazil and Galicia in Spain before reuniting in Oakland to start the DIY bedroom recording project that became Trails and Ways.

The sound they cultivated is a fascinating mix of the melancholy of bossa nova, the fearlessness of basement indie rock, driving grooves from the end of disco, and the slick shine of radio pop. Call it what you will; hearing it is like stumbling into the warmth of an intimate dance party among friends.

Crashing Hotels
Ao Anderson // Tony Bednar
-from San Francisco, CA

Dark Electric Dance Rock
-This is what San Francisco band Crashing Hotels dub their sound, and it's a classification that could easily place them in the same vein as an electro band like Cold Cave. But songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ao Anderson and drummer Tony Bednar's project's is a brighter one; a dance rock vibe that relishes in the extravagance of life and despair isn't an option. Their essence is captured in the subject of today's post, "Could Ever Be True."

Crashing Hotels, comprised of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ao Anderson and drummer Tony Bednar, is best described as dark electric dance rock. In early January 2014 the duo presented their debut collection, Advisory Act, a 7 song EP showcasing a sound all their own. Their considerable style ranges from heavy bass driven, up-tempo dance grooves to demonic, dark-and-sexy ballads.
Crashing Hotels recently released a new music video via a sponsored release party @ Heron Arts that attracted a 450 person crowd and garnered a glittering review from the SF Weekly. Over the past year, Crashing Hotels has played a sold out show for the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival at The Independent, showcased at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, sold out show at the Viper Room in LA, and completed a West Coast tour with glittering success.
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Breakdown Valentine
ALLEN DAVIS (vox/synth/guitar/production), OLIVIA BARCHARD (vox/synth bass), DAN FRANCISCO (drums)
-from San Francisco, CA

-Breakdown Valentine hails from San Francisco and consists of Allen Davis (formerly of Every Move a Picture), Olivia Barchard, and "invisible" member residing in Portland, Jason Wann. Musically, their inspiration stems from the warmth of analog synth sounds to mindscapes of cinematic value. Recently, they have been busy hitting the live circuit with drummer Dan Francisco, playing alongside some great acts such as Chromatics, Big Black Delta, Soft Metals, and Holy Ghost! They are currently getting rotation on Bay Area radio station LIVE105.3 by Aaron Axelsen on his weekly show Soundcheck.
"If CHVRCHES, Blondie, and The Sounds had a threesome band baby, it would be San Francisco’s Breakdown Valentine." - Boxspeaker Music Blog

"Breakdown Valentine puts on a very energetic in addition to interactive show that will make an audience dance. No matter the tempo, the bass and rhythm of their songs make the body move. Olivia Barchard’s vocals have vitality that rings through in every song she sings. Being that “Beautiful Distraction” is Breakdown Valentine’s debut EP, expect to hear more arousing music to come from this San Francisco band." - Justin Crowley, SF Examiner